This weekend I had a chance to pray for an hour straight at a collegiate day of prayer, to pray in Bible study, to pray at Men's Prayer Breakfast, to pray at a special Congo mission sending dinner, and to pray this morning at church service.
I had an amazing experience at the collegiate prayer meeting...unlike anything I've ever experienced in prayer before. We began praying shortly after 7pm and were scheduled to pray until 8pm. After what I perceived was about 15 minutes of prayer, I thought to myself, wow, an hour straight of prayer might be difficult. However, as I glanced at the time, I was amazed to see that it was 8:10pm! In what I perceived was only 15 minutes was actually more than an hour! I don't know for sure what all that means, but for sure God taught me that praying for an hour straight is not hard at all when you are in the presence of God.
I also was greatly encouraged to pray at the special Congo mission sending dinner. After more than a dozen years, the Evangelical Covenant Church of America is sending a team of 7 missionaries back to the Congo. (The missionaries had to evacuate because of war in '97). Six of the seven missionaries returning are veteran servants, with lifetimes of service already completed. I was overwhelmed at the joy they had when talking about "going home." I share that joy about going home to Alaska soon. What a great parallel to how we should have joy about "going home" to eternal glory with our Father God some day. At the end of the dinner we prayed for a while, and I was just overwhelmed at the thought of God's goodness and power and was extremely excited for these men and women of God.
Lastly, in church service this morning, the children's message was about prayer and we had about 5 minutes to practice the message. In small groups, we prayed for our homes, our friends, our church, our world, our sin, and our faith. It was a good intercessory time of prayer.
Until next time...keep praying!